U.K. – PM Johnson holds off introducing tighter restrictions before Christmas
Boris Johnson ruled out stricter Covid19 rules before Christmas, as he sought to draw a line under speculation Britons might have to tear up their festive plans for a second year.
Speaking after a meeting of his cabinet that stretched for more than 2 hours amid what he described himself as “finely-balanced arguments” either way, Johnson said his top team agreed to keep the data on the outbreak “under constant review.”
Another 15,363 Omicron cases have been found in the U.K., the biggest daily increase since the Covid19 variant was detected in the country, taking the total Omicron cases found in the country to 60,508, the U.K. Health Security Agency (UKHSA) confirmed Tuesday.
Also, the people infected with Covid19 in England can stop self-isolating up to three days early if they test negative twice, it has been announced. They will now be able to end quarantine after seven days instead of 10 by providing negative lateral flow results on day six and day seven. Health Secretary Sajid Javid said it would minimise disruption caused by the rapid spread of the Omicron variant.